The Inside Story

The first Island Climate Action Network was formed in 2008 when a small group of Quadra Islanders got together to ask what could be done locally about fossil fuel use. That version of ICAN became active in a number of local projects, including the founding of Quadra’s community garden, the banning of plastic bags at retailers, and an anti-idling campaign. It disbanded a couple of years after it was formed, however.

In the spring of 2020, ICAN was revived under the name Quadra ICAN, and it is now a registered charity. Our aim is to assist Quadra in becoming more resilient and self-sufficient in the face of impending ecological challenges. Our mandate is to organize and foster direct action on clearly defined practical projects.


We’ve identified seven areas in which effective community action can be taken: food security, water security, energy self-sufficiency, do-it-yourself support, a free/re- store, local reuse and recycling, transportation, and affordable housing. These action groups have identified and completed numerous specific projects, and many are underway. Other projects are in the planning stages, and still others await focused discussion, refinement, or funds. Use the tabs above to explore any of our action teams and their projects in more detail.

Action teams meet on their own schedules, and share notes and ideas with the steering committee. We are always pleased to welcome new members. If you’d like to join a specific action team, or become a member at large, or simply put your name on our mailing list, let us know: quadraicansociety@gmail.com.

Quadra ICAN Society is among the local groups supported by the Tru Value Spirit Board, which gives an amount equal to one percent of your purchases to the group of your choice. If you’d like to contribute to Quadra ICAN, our number is 315.